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Small Coral-eating Worm May Mean Big Trouble For Reefs
2014-04-14 13:28:59

University of Southampton New research from the University of Southampton has identified a coral-eating flatworm as a potential threat for coral reefs. It is barely possible to see the parasitic worm Amakusaplana acroporae when it sits on its favorite hosts, the staghorn coral Acropora, thanks to its excellent camouflage. However, the researchers found that the small flatworm could cause significant damage to coral reefs. The scientists from the University of Southampton, who are...

Abundant, Dominant Corals Still Face Threat Of Extinction
2013-11-16 06:48:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists generally assume that corals do not face a risk of extinction unless they become very rare, or their range is restricted. A new study, published in the journal Bioscience, reveals that global changes in climate and ocean chemistry affect corals whether scarce or abundant, and often it is the dominant, abundant corals with wide distributions that are affected the most. A research team, led by Charles Birkeland from the...

Our Immune Defenses Originated In Corals 070113
2013-07-01 12:01:26

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many biological processes have their roots in the very earliest stages of life's evolutionary tree, and new research in the journal BMC Genomics indicates that part of our immune system comes from coral-like ancestors. According to the study, molecular biologists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) have found genes in Acropora, or staghorn, corals which are responsible for a quick, strong immune response to...

Hawaiian Coral Abundance And Distribution Modeled
2013-05-22 05:12:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Hawaii say they have predicted the abundance and distribution of coral around the island state by using a computer model. The team said they found the order of coral abundance around the main Hawaiian Islands to be Porites lobata, Montipora patula, Pocillopora meandrina, Montipora capitata, Porites compressa, and Montipora flabellata. This is the first study to systematically examine the influence of...

Manmade Activities Behind Caribbean Coral Die-Off
2013-02-15 10:42:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by the University of Georgia, solves the mystery of the dying Caribbean coral. Plunk down a wastewater treatment plant anywhere along a Caribbean coast and watch the coral reefs nearby start dying, by a means unknown to science. "You'd have all the makings of a great mystery novel," says ecologist James Porter of the University of Georgia. Unlike a novel, however, this story is true. "Between 1996 and 2012,...

Government Agency Proposes Dozens Of Coral Species For Endangered Species Act
2012-12-03 16:06:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new Endangered Species Act listings proposed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) would cover 66 coral species found in the Pacific and the Caribbean. NOAA said that in 2009, it received a petition to list 83 species of reef-building corals under the ESA from the Center for Biological Diversity. The organization found that the Center presented substantial information indicating a listing under the ESA...

European Settlement Caused Collapse Of Great Barrier Reef Coral
2012-11-07 10:07:33

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Australia´s Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral system in the world, so big that it can be seen from space, is one of the planet´s most remarkable natural wonders. But researchers from University of Queensland have now revealed this precious ecosystem is not faring so well. The problem: European settlement and extensive degradation on mainland Australia. The expansion of European settlement in Australia has been...


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